I'm not surprised they came together, but they got a little more then I was expecting. Personally I'm not sure their worth more then 1.75M/1yr.
A touch longer and higher then is probably safe. Still,Florida probably isn't expecting to contend for the cup in the next 2 years, nor spend to the limits of the cap... so if their looking for guys that can contribute decently while providing excellent role models for their younger players they could have done a whole lot worse.
Roberts will give 110% every night out, and is a fine leader... perhaps he can help to add a little intensity to the extremely talented yet eternally underperforming Huselius.
Nieuwendyk did a fantastic job Centering Antropov and Ponikarovsky on the SKY line, and IMHO played a major role in Poni's unexpectedly strong season.
All considered, given the role their expected to play and that Florida likely isn't looking to be a serious contender it's probably a decent signing.
Overpayment yes, but if their not spending to the cap limit or expecting Roberts and Nieuwendyk to be the final pieces of a cup contender then it may well make sense for them.
Two exciting players who were fun to cheer for so it's obviously tough to see them go.
But honestly I can say I'm not that dissapointed. Good luck to them in Florida. If they didn't want to play in Toronto that badly, then let them go ahead and move on- we'll find some other players.
I wouldn't say Florida "overpaid" at all. They're getting two quality players- probably both capable of playing top six roles. But I said the other day that I wouldn't be surprised if Roberts was demanding two years and that seems to be the case. Those contracts wouldn't have been the best for the Leafs to take on right now.
Excellent signings by Florida, exactly the type of players needed to mentor their young prospects. Its a shame to see them go, and I'm starting to worry a bit at this point, but none-the -less an excelent move by Keenan.